page 2 2/20/1944
Dick has delighted us with a whimsical letter giving us a sort of a psychoanalysis of his Brazilian horse, as well as a glimpse into the family life of one native family with a daughter of marriageable age. I wish space permitted my quoting it in full, as the whole thing is quite delightful and shows considerable writing skill. In fact, as in Dan’s case, it seems too bad that those possessing such ability do not practice more on the home folks. It makes me quite envious and somewhat ashamed of some of my own efforts. To you, Dave, Dick says he’s glad you like the Army. He thinks the Air Corps is one of the best branches to get into. He hopes you make the grade and will be able to go to school for 15 months as he feels sure that by that time the war will be over. Amen to that.
I am going to award a home decoration to Marian for faithfulness in writing. Another letter this week, in which Lad also adds a pleasant promise of future epistles to come, tells about their being temporarily established in a “fairly nice auto court, with room and a bath”, with the prospect of later obtaining furnished rooms in a new federal housing project. Lad keeps pretty busy with his intensive training job but is able to get home most nights. Marian will try to find some job to keep her busy during the day. For your information, all of you — their present mailing address is Box 154, Hooks, Texas. Be nice, and drop them a line. Marian, as a little reward for your devotion I am sending a sort of Valentine myself which I hope may prove useful in your little apartment. You don’t think your husband will mind other fellows sending you a Valentine, do you?
Dan must be pretty busy also because I haven’t heard from him now for about a month. I am wondering if the recent London air raids came anyway near where he is staying.
A letter this week from Dorothy (Peabody), written from the New Rochelle hospital, says she expects to have an operation on the 18th and hopes to be back in New York in a couple of weeks. She has been out on a 10-day visit to Larry’s place (Larry Peabody and his wife, Marian) in Ohio and says it is even lovelier than she had anticipated.
Paul (Warden, who’s wife and children are staying in the apartment in the Trumbull House) has received word from Remington that due to the fact that supplies of ammunition are so far ahead of needs, that he and several thousands of others are to be laid off March first. He plans to enlist in the Navy, if possible, if not in the Army, leaving Kit (Katherine, Paul’s wife) and the children to occupy the apartment. Ethel (Bushey) Wayne), wife of Carl Wayne, both friends of Lad’s) just received a letter from Carl in Edinburgh, Scotland, which is one place his trip has taken him.
Aunt Betty Duryee, Grandpa’s Aunt
Aunt Betty is slowly getting used to her Acousticon (hearing aids) and thinks she will like it better as time goes on.
It is now 8:30 and I hear outside a chorus of “Young Peoples” who still continue to pay us Sunday night visits. Bob Jennings just came in and says Eleanor (Kintop, Dave’s future wife) heard from Dave. He has left Devens but he does not know where his new camp is located.
Tomorrow and Sunday, more of Elizabeth’s Adventure in St. Petersburg, Florida.